Thursday, December 27, 2012

Can you wait in line for two hours?

With great power comes great responsibility. If you are a leading service provider, people expect better customer service from you. If you are in the high tech industry, people do not want to wait for you. People cannot go and enjoy when they are waiting in line for two hours for you, Globe.

My mother had a Globe sim card that said "SIM registration failed" on her phone and would only allow emergency calls on my phone. So we went to Globe service center at Market Market. We got our number 4019 at 10:49 am. The number on the sign showed 4004. We went around the mall. My mother was able to buy a pair of shoes and exchange money. When we returned to Globe past 11 am, the number was only 4006.

I waited at Globe for more than two hours while my mother had to go out to buy car accessories and bring my brother to his office. The sign flashed my number 4019 at 1:10 pm. The agent gave good service. Unfortunately, the sim card was broken and they did not have any replacement sim. Other branches in Makati did not have replacement sim as well. I asked how I could give feedback about the long wait time. They told me to call 211. I called and in less than five minutes, somebody was able to talk to me. I told them of the long waiting time.

I hope Globe improves its customer service. The long waiting time is why I stopped my postpaid subscription. I do not like waiting for thirty minutes to two hours to pay my cell phone bill or ask for technical support. Globe, please improve so we can go to where we want, not wait hours for you.

Good service with interest

I did not realize that I was not able to blog yesterday. Anyway, I went to three banks yesterday to withdraw, to deposit, and to open a new account.

In the first bank, I waited for about ten minutes after getting my number. There were 20 more numbers before my number. Then a teller who knew me called me and asked for my passbook. I gave it to her and she told me to sit first. After five minutes, another teller gave me the cash and asked me to bring pictures next time to update my signature. She put the money in an envelope without me telling her. Free envelope!

In the second bank, I waited for five minutes after getting my number. There were four numbers before me. I was waiting for the three numbers to show up when the guard told me to go up to the teller already. The sign was already showing my number. I deposited the money I withdrew plus the cash gift I got for Christmas. I went downstairs to photocopy my ID for my next account. This bank has a grocery store, payment center, and even law office. It is complete in itself that it could be a small mall in a few years.

To go to the third bank, I had to ride on a jeep because it was raining. This jeep was almost vacant. I waited about two minutes before I saw an empty seat for opening new accounts. I sat there and gave the teller my pictures and photocopied IDs. She gave me the application form and I filled it up. She was able to multitask with me and three other bank clients. After I finished the form, she gave me two deposit slips to fill up and asked me to type my pin in her keyboard. I deposited some money. After thirty minutes, they gave me my ATM card, so I signed it and used it to check my account.

Can you guess the banks? The first two are not technically banks but financial institutions that are more like cooperatives. The first is the Armed Forces of the Philippines Savings and Loan Association, Inc. or AFPSLAI. The second is the Philippine Army Finance Center Producers Integrated Cooperative or PAFCPIC. The third is the Land Bank of thr Philippines. The first two banks offer high interest rates, while I just use the third bank for my allowance. I was really surprised at the relatively fast service but it was all for the better.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Twelve thanks for Christmas

I just read today that writing a gratitude journal could help us appreciate our blessings and gifts eve more. Because today is Christmas, I have many things to be thankful for in my life.

First, thank you to my family for loving, supporting, and understanding me my whole life. Second, thank you to my classmates and professors for inspiring me to work hard in law school. Third, thank you to priests and laity who serve the Church and bring the Gospel to everyone. Fourth, thank you to the generous people who are helping the survivors of natural calamities. Fifth, thank you to the people who have helped and are helping me and my family ever since. Sixth, thank you to the entrepreneurs and workers so that I could use things and enjoy services. Seventh, thank you for the government for my education, employment, security, and peace. Eighth, thank you to the people who write books, blogs, and articles so I learn something new. Ninth, thank you for the internet so that I could know what is happening and connect with people. Tenth, thank you for good shows and movies where I learn new things and remember old lessons. Eleventh, thank you for good health, a safe home, and enough wealth to live well and help others. Twelfth, thank you to Jesus Christ, God who became man to save us and give us eternal life.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Take it easy

Yesterday was supposedly the end of the world. But my mother and I had a productive day yesterday. We got gas, bought gifts, exchanged and deposited money, and wrapped gifts. That was very tiring for me.

Today I scheduled my morning to organize papers in our bedroom and my afternoon to download cases for the semester. So far, I have just organized the space around my desktop computer and am just writing this blog post about my tasks.

I did eat breakfast and lunch, took a shower, and helped my cousin replace the curtains. At least, I am doing things that will help me survive.

Right now, I am just sitting by the window. I feel the wind on my face. I look at how the trees dance and how the sun makes everything bright. I do this every afternoon when I am home.

I am learning that it is all right to take it easy more often. I appreciate more things. I smile more often. I live one day at a time. If tomorrow is the end of the world, does it really matter? We have already lived well.

Friday, December 21, 2012

How will you benefit from a clutter-free life?

First, I will find things faster and save more time. Second, I will have fewer things to organize and clean. Third, I do not have to hide things because they look messy. Fourth, our house will look neater, cleaner, and prettier. Fifth, I can focus on working, reading, and doing things that I love. Sixth, people can visit our house any time and find everything neat. Seventh, I will create less waste and save money. Eighth, I can move more freely in the house. Ninth, our family will have less stress and worries. Tenth, I will feel happier, more relaxed, and more focused.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Write until you get it right

I read a lot every day. I read at least twenty original cases and fifty news articles and blogs. However, I seldom write complete prose. Most of the time, I write digests in bullet points or copy provisions by hand. But I feel that what I am doing is not enough.

Today, I just read in the internet that in order to productive, we must create rather than just consume. So I am writing to be more productive.

To make my commitment stick, I write in the present tense. I write every day. I write in complete sentences. I write at least one hundred words. I use this blog as my writing journal. I write my daily insights. As a result, I write better.

What about you? Are you writing every day?

Saturday, December 08, 2012

What to do after law school

Hi! I was just taking a rest and thinking about life after law school. Since my stomach hurts at the thought of working for a law firm with sleepless nights and critical bosses, I thought that maybe I should not practice law at all. But then my professor said that all UP lawyers should practice law for at least five years because the people paid for our education.

So I thought that I can go around the country after the bar exam and see for myself the legal system in the Philippines. It's more fun in the Philippines. Before bar, I could work as a paralegal. After bar, I could work as a lawyer for myself or a non-government organization. Then I could help people with their legal problems. I can also travel. I might then be able to use this blog more regularly.

The challenges I see are connections, cash, and competence (CCC). For connections, maybe I can ask my professors and organizations if there are people and places that need help and then I can go there. For cash, I need to develop more passive income, freelance, or work part-time. For competence, I have to read, understand, and memorize (RUM) the law and do well in legal aid.

Why do this? Because it's not only about the money. Money is worthless if you cannot buy food or drink with your millions. Goods and services are more important. Natural resources are vital. If we cannot protect those that are important to us, what good is the law? Law is already so abstract for me. How much more for our fellow citizens who find English difficult? I believe we could bridge the gap and make the law more relevant for all. Thank you!

Friday, November 30, 2012



Lend a hand. Make a difference. Be the change. Volunteer.

Hands On Manila is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing members with diverse, flexible volunteer opportunities that address the needs of the community. It recruits, coordinates and educates a broad base of volunteers for non-profit organizations. Membership in HOM is free and open to all interested persons, groups and corporations.


De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) is a dynamic institution that offers pioneering degree programs different from what regular universities and colleges have. Today, DLS-CSB is a learner-centered community that belongs to the eighteen District schools that comprise De La Salle Philippines (DLSP). 

Trip to Jerusalem! (Part 2)

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Trip to Jerusalem!

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Giving goodies

The group distributes goodies to the children.

Feeding program

The group prepares and serves brunch for the street families.

And the winners are ...

The girls from the second group!

Cheering before the games

The girls dance and cheer before game time

Street Angels

Street Angels Child Development Center and Street Dwellers Outreach Ministries, Inc. is located in Cubao, Quezon City

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The Street Angels Experience

Here are our photos from our volunteer work with Street Angels Child Development Center and Street Dwellers Outreach Ministries, Inc. in coordination with The Lord's Church in Cubao, QC.

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Resolution on Health and Sanitation

The students of Consular and Diplomatic Affairs,

Conscious of the poor health and sanitary conditions of many urban areas,

Convinced that diseases and deaths will increase if these conditions persist,

Distressed that many preventable diseases still affect children and adults,

Expressing concern that some children are unmindful of healthful and clean habits,

Noting that the Philippines exports nurses but still lacks adequate health services,

Stressing the importance of improving health and sanitation in the areas of the urban poor and educating people on these issues,

1. Affirms the right of every human being to have access to adequate health care, a sanitary environment and basic health education;

2. Appeals to Filipino medical professionals to devote more time, care and effort to the urban poor;

3. Calls upon the government to invest more in cleaning waste, preventing pollution and teaching citizens to maintain a clean environment;

4. Commends government agencies, organizations, companies and individuals that are helping to improve the health and sanitation of the urban poor;

5. Encourages more groups and citizens to do likewise;

6. Invites government officials, business leaders, leading national figures, scientists, medical professionals, students and concerned citizens to come up with effective and practical solutions to fight diseases and improve health and sanitation;

7. Insists on time limits for urban areas to attain good health and sanitary standards;

8. Recommends that urban areas evaluate and monitor the progress of their health and sanitation programs;

9. Reminds that health and sanitation are key investments to development;

 10. Recommends that the national and local governments should increase funding and training on health and sanitation.

Resolution on Street Children


The students of Consular and Diplomatic Affairs,

Acknowledges the presence of numerous street children in urban areas,

Concerned that many street children fail to finish formal schooling,

Deeply alarmed that several children fall into a life of crime and abuse,

Believing that children are the hope of the nation,

Recognizing that many organizations are helping street children,

Emphasizing the necessity to ensure the human dignity and to provide good opportunities for all children,

1. Urges all individuals to treat street children with respect and dignity;

2. Supports organizations, churches, schools and agencies to implement long-term programs to alleviate and improve the plight of street children;

3. Calls for more citizens to educate, protect, guide and help street children;

4. Suggests that schools, institutes, colleges and universities educate and accept more street children and offer non-formal and flexible education;

5. Recommends that government agencies, local police and private organizations coordinate and cooperate to prevent children from doing criminal acts and to teach them on how to live as good citizens;

6. Determines that the national government and Filipino citizens implement a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy that will improve the lives of street children and give hope and dignity to every citizen.

Leaders of Street Angels

Teacher Helen and Teacher Noni are the two pioneers of Street Angels and they still serve after many years. While Teacher Helen acts more as an educator and principal in Street Angels, Teacher Noni goes out more often in the streets. He speaks to children in English and pushes a cart with books, pencils and crayons to inspire children to value learning.

Polieco Immersion

Be the change. Volunteer.

Photos for Mirant

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The Matrix (4th Issue)

Fourth Issue: Internal
How should the company organize its labor and operations?
How should the company deal with global and national changes?

Economic Liberalism:
(Solutions) The company is efficient and reduces its operating costs. Employees should be few but highly qualified. It should embrace change. For example, Mirant has a small and efficient work force but compensates well.
(Strengths) The company becomes efficient and light, making it more able to deal with change. Better efficiency means the company produces more, earns more and can help more people.
(Weaknesses) Too much focus on change and efficiency can lead to more stressful lives. People must face different bosses, changing procedures, high standards and pressure.

(Solutions) The government protects domestic labor by requiring the company to hire local technical and administrative staff. For example, Mirant hires the best Filipino workers, some of whom have come from abroad.
(Strengths) Requiring companies to hire majority of their labor from the country helps more Filipinos. This could ease unemployment and develop the technical skills and work ethic of citizens.
(Weaknesses) Making companies hire their labor locally can lead to problems when the people are not qualified. The country does not learn much foreign innovation.

Rational Choice:
(Solutions) The government conducts its business in places and through means that benefit the people involved. For example, Mirant opens its plants in good energy sources and welcomes companies to buy assets.
(Strengths) The companies and the communities work together to have mutual benefits and create good opportunities. They could sustain their actions longer because they get something good from it.
(Weaknesses) Sometimes, the interests of the various companies can conflict with each other. The goals of the company and the communities can be at odds with each other.

(Solutions) The state owns the business and controls operations. All workers are Filipino and get good wages and benefits. Profit is reinvested in the community and country. For example, Mirant gives back to the Philippines.
(Strengths) The company helps the state and the citizens better their lives by focusing on the workers. The country has more money and skill because the company reinvests in the community.
(Weaknesses) By controlling the economy and giving workers same wages, the state holds back people who want to set up own businesses or innovate through alternative means.

The Matrix (3rd Issue)

Third Issue: Social
How should the company produce energy while serving people and communities?
How should the company achieve its corporate social responsibilities?

Economic Liberalism:
(Solutions) The company gives a share of the money it earns to programs and charity. The bigger the company earns, the better it could help more people. For example, Mirant gives millions of dollars to its foundation.
(Strengths) Though many foundations are not for profit, they can benefit from more money and technical support. Big companies can help more people and communities.
(Weaknesses) Just giving money may not be enough because it may be necessary to address the root causes of poverty and injustice. One company doing social work has less impact than a country or many firms helping lives.

(Solutions) The company follows the social program and charity work outlined by the state. It may focus on poor and rural communities to give them more opportunities. For example, Mirant has a rural electrification plan.
(Strengths) Following the programs of the state ensures that many citizens could improve their lives and opportunities. The state can focus resources to those who really need it.
(Weaknesses) Government intervention in social welfare can mean more taxes to support social programs. Firms have less freedom on how to spend money and do their social responsibility because the state is more powerful.

Rational Choice:
(Solutions) The company makes social programs where they can benefit. The communities appreciate this help. For example, Mirant has education and livelihood programs where they are have plants and offices.
(Strengths) Teaching people to help themselves creates mutual benefits. The firm creates potential consumers who will use more energy, while the people have better lives.
(Weaknesses) Acting according to one’s personal and business interests can have limited or poor results. Sometimes, the social needs of the people conflict with the business goals of the company.

(Solutions) The state owns the firm. The company creates a system where every worker and community member has the same standard of living. Capitalist and proletariats work together to create a better society.
(Strengths) Citizens have equity and experience same living conditions. The state makes sure that no one is poor and no one is rich. People have their basic needs.
(Weaknesses) The social welfare system may be inefficient because everything has to pass through the government. People have less incentive to work hard and save because the government gives everything to them.

The Matrix (2nd Issue)

Second Issue: Environmental
How should the company produce energy with minimal environmental damage?
How should the company act towards the goal of sustainable development?

Economic Liberalism:
(Solutions) The company uses the best technology to lower carbon emissions and reduce toxic pollution. Emissions testing and community feedback can help in environmental standards. For example, Mirant uses technology to minimize pollution.
(Strengths) Using clean and efficient technology enables firms to produce without harming the environment. Testing and evaluation on the environment can create a cleaner and better system for the company.
(Weaknesses) Buying the cleanest and most efficient technology entails a great deal of money. Only the biggest and most profitable firms can afford and justify this huge investment. Smaller companies may have to use other means or technology.

(Solutions) The government makes the environmental programs and standards that all firms follow. The company has environmental programs that improve Filipino communities. For example, Mirant has a program to plant mangrove forests.
(Strengths) Because the state knows more about the country’s environmental concerns, the country’s communities and natural resources and are better off. The state has more money to deal with environmental problems.
(Weaknesses) Because environmental policy is centralized on the government, programs and reaction to natural disasters and pollution can become delayed or inefficient. People may pay more taxes for the state environmental programs.

Rational Choice:
(Solutions) The company creates environmental awareness and programs to get the most benefit. For example, Mirant publishes that it abides by international environmental standards and has programs to promote clean energy.
(Strengths) Self-interest could lead the company and communities to care for the environment as long as there is mutual benefit. Since the concern is not forced, people can help the environment longer and even enjoy it.
(Weaknesses) Environmental goals that demand much work and money may not appeal to the self-interests of the company or the community. The environmental policy of the state can also conflict with the business goals of the company.

(Solutions) Since the state owns the company and controls all economic activities, the government also regulates production to become sustainable. The capitalists and proletariats must work together to create a better environment.
(Strengths) Nature can experience less pollution and damage because the state controls production. There will be less exploitation of natural resources and more equity between the people, the state and the earth.
(Weaknesses) Since the state controls the company, scientific innovation and alternative environmental programs could be lost in favor of the state environmental policy. Since government pays for everything, there may be less incentive to conserve.

The Matrix (1st Issue)

First Issue: Financial
How should the company produce energy and make money?
How should the company control its finances and profits?

Economic Liberalism:
(Solutions) The company builds plants, sells assets and reduces operating costs to increase profits and inefficiency. There should be no government intervention. For example, Mirant sold its Philippine operations last year to another firm.
(Strengths) Efficiency and profit are good for a company under economic liberalism. The company can fund its operations over the long run and help environmental and social causes.
(Weaknesses) Too much focus on efficiency and profit can lead to a great deal of change and cost cutting. There is more work for a few talented people and no work for the many less qualified people. Growth and income are unequal.

(Solutions) The government has control of some industries, goods and public utilities. The company abides by the rates and programs of the government. For example, Mirant sells the electricity it produces to the government at fixed rates.
(Strengths) State control would be necessary to make the country and the citizens well off. Financial security would be more important than large profits or high efficiency.
(Weaknesses) The state may need to subsidize some plants of the company if they are not profitable. The company may become less efficient because it may tend to rely on the government rather than improving its own technology and operations.

Rational Choice:
(Solutions) The company builds plants where it is profitable. The local government supports the company's programs. For example, Mirant has built plants in rural communities. Both the company and the local communities benefit.
(Strengths) By acting rationally, the company produces much energy and profit. In the same way, citizens have jobs and opportunities. Each actor benefits from behaving on self-interest.
(Weaknesses) Because actors behave mostly on self-interest, the greater good may become sacrificed. Little costs, such as pollution and taxes, may cost the company and destroy the communities over the long run.

(Solutions) The state owns the entire company and controls the production and labor. The profit made from the company is reinvested in the country. For example, Mirant financially supports its own foundation in the Philippines.
(Strengths) The country benefits from state ownership because income is reinvested. The state controls the economy so livelihood and goods would become stable and affordable to many.
(Weaknesses) Those who want to work for profit cannot own their own business or have large incomes and property. Instead of benefiting from much innovation and free enterprise, the country suffers from the lack of good choices and freedom.

Mirant Corporation Philippines

Mirant:Generating Energy, Creating Value...

Business and Social Foundation

Mirant Corporation Philippines is not just a multinational corporation that produces energy to sell to Filipinos but it is also a multinational corporation with a social foundation that helps Filipinos especially in the rural areas of the country...

Mirant only have 5 plants operating in the whole country...These are located at Sual, Bataan, Ilijan, Bulacan and Pagbilao...Though they only have 5 plants their social foundation are almost all over the country from Luzon to Mindanao even to areas affected mostly by armed conflcits (Sulu)...

They are providing relief goods, promoting livelihood programs and providing school supplies needed by children in the rural areas where schools are not yet on ground...

Mirant is a power to create VALUE, a power for the FILIPINO...

Team and comment

Hi! im rina, i am a shy type girl and sometimes snob. I think i am not mature enough to understand and handle the difficult situations. My personality is guardian.

Mission: As a youth, i need to help our community and share my blessings to others. I need to be mature enough to understand many things in life and to solve difficult situations.

Hi!I am kristine.I am a demure type of girl. I am also responsible and matured enough to handle things. My personality is an Artisan.Mission: As a Benildean, we believe that it is in the community that we make and nurture a learning strategy in promoting success for every adolescent father. We anticipate to every teenage father by responding to their needs,by offering relevant programs that will help them build brighter future.

Hi! I'm Joy. Reading, writing, drawing and thinking are my favorite activities. I am shy but I smile a lot and want to help other people. My personality is an idealist.

My vision is to see the Philippines become a great nation within my lifetime. My mission is to become the best that I can be by developing my character, knowledge and skills and by helping our people become better.

Comment by gepsychgepsych
Great job! In our opinion, the program was well planned and constructed. The group was able to deal with the problems of young adolescent fathers by means of workshops, seminars and activities. This could be an effective way of helping these adolescent fathers, if applied in real life.


Amazing Pinoy: For me, this experience of creating a blog for young adolescent fathers is exciting and challenging. It is exciting because teen fathers are sometimes seen as irresponsible and this activity can be an opportunity to help them. This experience is also a challenge because I have other tests, reports and activities in my major subjects.

As an idealist, I enjoy thinking about ideas and ways to help. I also like connecting the activities to the lessons in psychology. However, it is also stressful for me because I want to create the best blog but my time is limited. In fact, I had to prioritize my major subjects and do this blog at the end. However, I really hope that I can use these ideas in some way in the future to help not only young adolescent fathers but also other people.

MKB: I had so much fun in doing the project because I am able to spend my time with my groupmates, and also the topic is interesting especially nowadays because young parenthood is so popular everywhere and it is very important for every young individual to know the consequences and effects of being a young parent. Studying and understanding the theories is easy in fact theories made the lessons easier to understand.



The program takes place every Saturday morning for four weeks. This is part of behaviorism, which would condition the fathers to wake up early and do something beneficial for their families even on a weekend. The Saturday schedule is created so that there would be less stress in their work lives. The meetings in the program are very short in order not to disturb their private lives and also not to stress them.

The guest speakers can inspire people by changing their attitudes, which is from the cognitive perspective. These two people are also humanists, who believe in the value of the human person.

Even though the programs are short and meet weekly, the fathers have tasks to do during the week. These are simple tasks that reveals things about their situation and themselves. These tasks are based on psychoanalytic and humanistic perspectives. First, they uncover the current situations and initial reactions that people may not be conscious of. Second, they illustrate goals in life and bring out the best in people.


The first meeting is based on the social learning theory by Albert Bandura. There is an introduction and ice breaker at the start to capture the attention of the fathers. The facilitator introduces and explains the purpose of the program so that the young father can understand what they are doing. The video documentary is a way for the adolescents to observe those who have succeeded and follow their lead.

Allowing them to visualize their plans and dreams is part of the reproduction and motivation of the social learning theory. By giving them freedom to think and imagine what their lives would be in the future, this could encourage them to do better in the present. The tasks would aid in their self-regulation, in particular by self-observation.


The second meeting features a guest speaker who is a specialist in human resources. Bong Austero is very good in dealing with humanistic and cognitive perspectives. The third meeting features the lay preacher, Bo Sanchez. He will include both practical and spiritual insights in his talks.

Both seminars include the four topics and several activities. The approach is a mixture of social learning and self-actualization theories. The social learning theory is part of the cognitive perspective while self-actualization is part of the humanistic perspective.

First, he builds on the tasks that the young fathers have done in the past week. He uses their situations and goals to make his discussion more relevant. Knowing their situation helps them in self-regulation and self-observation. Making them reach for a goal is part of their motivation.

Second, the areas they must develop are connected to the level of needs in Maslow's theory of self-actualization. For academics, they must first finish high school and then attend college. For economics, they should first prioritize basic needs over vices and luxuries. For personal growth, there should be love and a feeling of belonging within the family. The legal responsibilities of a father support the different needs of the family.

Third, real examples are shown by candid stories, graphic illustrations or personal experience. Providing an example can show possible ways to do something and can motivate them to solve their problems. These examples support the modeling part of the social learning theory.

Fourth, the open forum and the tasks create opportunities for self-response. They can ask questions that are relevant to them. The tasks in the second meeting allow them to apply the concepts and examples to their personal lives. For the third week, the tasks use their creativity, reinforces what they have learned, and motivates them to improve their behavior.


The fourth meeting is a culminating activity to motivate the young adolescent fathers to continue with the lessons of the workshop. The activities are based on the social learning theory of Albert Bandura and the inferiority complex of Alfred Adler.

The recap and video documentary reinforces the lessons of the program. Making the young fathers speak of their experience allows them to slowly overcome any inferiorities they have as a parent and as a person. Giving the family a voice and allowing them to speak about the husband and father is a form of motivation and environmental response to the adolescent father. There is a celebration after to relieve some stress and to reward their completion of the program


Any meetings after the program are optional but this can motivate the fathers to improve because they must teach what they have learned. This would require them to model the good behavior they learned in the program. They must also overcome any negative attitudes they have towards fatherhood and face their insecurities. These principles are part of the social learning theory and the psychoanalytic perspectives of Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler.

Program Proper

The program will span four weeks during the summer. Each meeting will last from one to two hours and will take place on a Saturday morning. About five to twenty young adolescent fathers from a certain community can attend this workshop. The family can attend with the father if there is no one else to be with them.

The first meeting will be an introduction. The second and third meetings will have guest speakers to talk about relevant topics to adolescent fathers. The last meeting of the workshop will be a culminating activity where the teenage fathers describe their progress and celebrate. There would be follow-up meetings as necessary to ensure that the young fathers are doing the things they have learned from the workshop.


The first meeting will be an introduction to the program.


1) Adolescent fathers introduce themselves and tell why they are in the program. There could be an ice breaker activity. (15 minutes)

2) The facilitator introduces the program and how this can help adolescent fathers. (5 minutes)

3) There will be a short documentary of young adolescent fathers who have succeeded in life and improved the lives of their families. (15 minutes)

4) Adolescent fathers will be asked to write and draw their plans for themselves and their families. What did they want in life before they had children? What is their greatest dream? (20 minutes)

5) The facilitator will give out yearly planners to the fathers and explain the assignments for next week. These tasks are diagnostic, which aims to find out the current situation of these adolescent fathers. (5 minutes)

Each young father would team up with a partner or a buddy. This system can enable more cooperation and ensure that they would do the tasks. Each father would remind or help his partner.

1) List five occupations or goals you want in life.
2) How can you prepare or study for these goals?
3) Talk to one or two people who have met these goals. This can be your father, uncle, relative, teacher, boss, or other respected person.
4) How did they prepare or study for their goals.

1) What is your weekly or monthly paycheck?
2) How much do you and your family spend on these:
A) Food
B) Clothing
C) Housing
D) Transportation
E) Communication
F) Couple
G) Children

1) What problems do you have with other people?
2) What did you do with those problems this week?
3) Relate what they did in the fourth activity to this topic.

1) What do you think are your responsibilities as a father?


The second meeting will feature the guest speaker, Bong Austero, a human resources professor in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, the head of a major universal bank and many private foundations, and a columnist in the Manila Standard Today. He will discuss about how to continue one’s education, how to manage money, how to set goals, how to speak to one’s family and what are the legal responsibilities of a father.

1) ACADEMICS (20 minutes)
a) Survey the young fathers on who is going to school, who is working while going to school and who has dropped out of school. Ask them about their goals for their career and lives.
b) Stress the importance of at least finishing high school and completing a degree.
c) Tell stories of people who have struggled and succeeded in their academics.
d) Discuss flexible educational opportunities, such as part-time schooling, work-study programs, online degrees and other means.
e) Provide literature and websites about education that could help young adolescent fathers.

2) ECONOMICS (20 minutes)
a) Ask them about their task on their income and expenses. Who makes ends meet? Who has little debt? Massive debts? Who has saved some money?
b) Contrast the situation of people who have many debts with those people who have some money saved. Tell stories of these people and make inspire the young fathers with a tale of a successful and thrifty father.
c) After assessing the situation, ask them where they do they usually spend their money and how can they address this situation. For some, maybe they can reduce or eliminate their vices. For other people, they can be creative in saving and reducing household costs. For some, the only way to save is to increase their income and save the additional wages.
d) Discuss ways on how to save money in food, household, transportation, phone, family and other areas in life.
e) Explain the concept of interest and how it can be used to save more money or to lead one to more debts. Use a graph to display compound interest for savings and debts to show that they should save more and buy less on credit.

a) Explain that every kind of growth and development starts with a vision. Use stories of successful visionaries, leaders and fathers.
b) Make them write a personal vision and mission statement. They can revise this statement during the span of the entire workshop.
c) Ask them on how they relate to their families. Do they stay with their partners or children? Do they fight? How do they resolve conflict?
d) Discuss listening skills, anger management tactics and negotiation practices. Do they stop and listen when their partners say something? When they feel angry, do they count up to ten? If they do not get what they want, do they force their partner to accept? Do they give in? Do they go against them in other ways?

a) Discuss the legal responsibilities of a father.
b) Ask them what legal responsibilities do they accomplish and what can they still do.

OPEN FORUM (20 minutes)
- Allow young fathers to ask more questions during this time.

The following tasks will be discussed after the guest has spoken. These tasks will build on previous lessons. Each young father will help or remind his partner to complete what they have to do. If they encounter problems, they can talk to the facilitator.

- If you are studying now, what programs or measures are you taking to ensure that you will be able to continue your education?
- If you are not studying, what programs and schools are you planning to study?
- What degrees and programs do you want to pursue in the future?

- How can I save from my income and expenses?
- Where can I save my money?
- How can I reduce any debts I have?

- What is my personal vision and mission statements?
- How do I treat my partner and children?
- How can I improve my relations with my family?
- What emotional problems do I have?

- Do I behave as a father according to the law?
- How can I improve as a father?


The third meeting will feature, Bo Sanchez, a lay preacher who has talked to thousands of people about Christ, Catholic living and spiritual renewal. He has written several books, many of them bestsellers, on how to be blessed and live according to Christ’s teachings. He will talk about how to study, how to create a small business, how to relate to other people with love, how to align oneself to God, and what are the spiritual tasks of a father.

ACADEMICS (20 minutes): Believe You're Bigger; Be Consistent with Fundamentals
a) Tell a story about his college life when he had passing grades but later improved when he realized that he could get high grades.
b) Explain good study habits. Concentration and repetition are important.
c) Show good reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.
d) Refer them to libraries or websites that could help.
e) Give a quiz later to show how much they have retained.

ECONOMICS (20 minutes): Focus on Your Core Gift
a) Tell stories of how he entered into small businesses.
b) Ask who has a small business. Who wants to have a small business?
c) Explain the reasons, benefits and costs of having a small business.
d) Tell stories of how he experienced handling a small business.
e) Discuss corporate social responsibility and how companies can give back to the community.

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (20 minutes): Build Your Network
a) Avoid toxic people.
b) Welcome good people.
c) Love your family.
d) Love yourself.
e) Love God.

a) Love your wife and children.
b) Protect and provide for their spiritual guidance.

OPEN FORUM (20 minutes)
- Allow young fathers to ask more questions during this time.

The tasks for the week would be to produce a very creative presentation of how their lives have changed or improved because of the program. They can write a story or script, draw on paper, show photographs, act out a play or do a video presentation. Their presentations are only limited by the time and the imagination. They can present their experiences alone or with other people. These are the following areas that they should present: ACADEMICS, ECONOMICS,


The last meeting for the workshop is a culminating activity. The young adolescent fathers will share what they have accomplished during the four weeks in the workshop. There would be a small party with their families and there could be a basketball game.


1) There would be a recap and video presentation of the previous seminars. (15 minutes)

2) Each young adolescent father would narrate his experience during the program. He can tell stories, improvements, discoveries and realizations. (30 minutes)

3) The families can also give their stories and opinions about the young adolescent fathers. (15 minutes)

4) There can be a small party afterwards. This can take place in a town plaza, where they can hold a basketball game, a concert or a cultural presentation. They can hold the final workshop on a park or beach where they can enjoy more.


There can be follow-up meetings between the young adolescent fathers to monitor their progress or give advice on how to handle certain issues. These follow-up meetings can take place every month and can be arranged by the adolescent fathers themselves. There could be more topics, such as family planning, job hunting and other issues. Eventually, some fathers can act as facilitators for other teen fathers or other similar programs.


Being a father is a difficult task but to become father as a young adolescent is an even greater challenge. A youth is often concerned with school, work and friends; a young father also carries the responsibility of raising a family.

There is a common misconception that adolescent fathers are irresponsible because they have sired a child out of wedlock. However, there are many who take responsibility for their actions and take care of their children as best as they can. Plenty of adolescent fathers eventually marry the women who have borne their children. Though the trials are doubled for adolescent fathers, they can succeed in life.

There are many resources and articles about young adolescent fathers in the world. We have used some of the most recent and many of our sources included some programs to help teenage fathers. However, there is limited related literature on adolescent fathers in the Philippines so we used other relevant articles that are connected to this topic.

DiConsiglio, John. "Father's Day, Everyday" Scholastic Choices. 22.4 (Jan 2007): 6(6).

This article narrates how a teenage father works two jobs to support his family and sacrificed much to finish high school. Many teenage fathers have absent fathers during their childhood. Teens are better able to cope with responsibilities if they have a supportive network. Family and friends help a great deal; programs for teen fathers can provide him with skills and counseling. However, if given the chance, many teen fathers would prefer not to have children at a young age. There are several tips from the article that would be helpful for teen fathers.

1) It's natural to be scared of being a father. Having a child is a huge responsibility. But the best way to calm your fears is to get involved in your baby's life.
2) Don't drop out. It's tempting to leave school and work to make money for your baby. But raising a child is a long-term gig, and the best way to provide for your child's future is to at least finish high school.
3) Stay connected with your baby's mother on some level. The two of you may not stay together as a couple, but you will always be permanently connected by your child. You need to have a working relationship with as little drama as possible. "Both of you are responsible for raising your child," says Olivia Campbell of the ECP.
4) Talk to, feed, and dress your baby. Infants need physical affection from both parents.
5) Talk to your parents or other adults you trust about being a parent. They can provide valuable advice about how to raise a child.


Try This
Below is a list of seven daily responsibilities a parent has when caring for an infant.
1) Wake up when the baby wakes up in the morning, which is usually early.
2) Change diapers every one to two hours.
3) Feed the baby every two to three hours.
4) Play with the baby in a safe and clean environment.
5) When the baby naps, make sure he or she is comfortable and protected.
6) Calm the baby when he or she is upset.
7) Never leave the baby alone."

Young Adolescent Fathers

We are Rina, Kristine, and Joyce, students at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde. This blog is a project for our course in General Psychology under Professor Rogelio "Tugel" Dela Cruz. We are studying the problems of adolescent Filipino fathers. Our task is to propose a program to help teen fathers in the following areas: academics, economics, personal growth and development, and legal responsibilities as fathers.

Blogs from the Past

Hi! I am republishing blogs from my undergraduate years.

Middle East Monarchies is a blog about higher education in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar for our class on comparative government. The posts are from October to December 2007.

I would have to repost manually other blogs because my other email is already inactive or the blogs were made by my classmates.

Young Adolescent Fathers is a program to help teen fathers prepare for raising their children. This blog is for general psychology.

Mirant Corporation is a blog on an energy company that is changing ownership. We analyze how liberalism, neomercantilism, rational choice, and neo-Marxism can affect the company. This is for international political economy.

Polieco Immersion is a documentary on two groups helping street children for a day. This is also for international political economy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lessons from Moving
- Start early, at least one month.
- Get many boxes, at least a hundred.
- Pack a little everyday.
- Pack books in small boxes.
- Keep similar things together.
- Sell recyclables before moving.
- Keep some shoes with you.
- Leave space to walk between boxes.
- Take it easy and relax.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Last Week of April

April 20
- Tutor Gene.
- Research.

April 21
- Sort books.

April 22
- Hear mass.
- Sort books.

April 23
- Tutor all.
- Define land use.

April 24
- Tutor all.
- Digest labor cases.

April 25
- Tutor all.
- Digest labor cases.

April 26
- Tutor one.
- Digest labor cases.

April 27
- Tutor one.
- Read Local Govt.

April 28
-Sort books.

Lessons learned
- Avoid jeepney lines.
- Wake up on time.
- Eat lunch on time.
- Donate books.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lessons Learned

April 14
- Rest

April 15
- Divine Mercy
- Lesson plan

April 16
- Tutor
- UP Reg

April 17
- Tutor
- Pop ed

April 18
- Tutor

April 19
- Tutor
- Blood

14 - Update more often.
15 - Reduce cramming.
16 - Wait for message.
17 - I can speak well.
18 - Sit in front of jeep.
19 - Make phone ring.

Friday, April 13, 2012


April 11
- Alternate lawyering
- Peasants, urban poor
- Labor meeting

April 12
- Manong birthday
- Women talk
- Village visit

April 13
- Local governance
- Labor proposals

- I need help to stop putting things off.
- I should use the student discount.
- I must drink water more often.
- It is so hot that I am so wet.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Valor

April 8
- Easter Sunday
- Ester visit
- Evening mass

April 9
- Mommy birthday

- Relatives visit
- Piazza lunch
- Market wash

April 10
- Logistics bank


- People share a lot of information.
- Our family and relatives are kind.

- Be quiet when someone is calling.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

April 7

- My birthday
- Holy Saturday
- Singaporean lunch
- Shop grocery
- Easter vigil

-10 offering

- Avoid windows at lunch.
- Small miracles happen.
- Always check leftovers.
- Few people know.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Passion and Death

April 5
- Maundy Thursday
- Last Supper
- Go to wake

- Love one another as Christ loved us.
- Some do not think adultery is a big deal.
- Do not expect thanks if you do not attend.

April 6
- Good Friday
- Senakulo
- Procession

- I feel dizzy when I bleed.
- Have a rope to maintain lines.
- I am still putting off work.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

April 4

- Bank and house
- Labor meeting
- Shop center
- Market walk


- Avoid printing at the end.
- Group mates amaze me.
- Commute takes 2 hours.
- Make pay project-based.

We can change our lives by changing our habits.

April 3

- Divisoria day
- Rest and net

- Look for leftovers.
- You can eat more.
- I put off work a lot.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Start of April

April 1
- Palm Sunday
- Ayala and SM
- Wake at Libingan

- Remember to tip.
- Wait for brother.
- Read and review ahead.
- Do not turn off computer.

April 2
- Civpro exam
- Ayala walk
- Way of cross
- Mass

- Read on the net.
- Copy books at start.
- Cut hair soon.

Why I write in bullets?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Mommy's Lakbayan

Mommy's Lakbayan grade is A-!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!
Created by Eugene Villar.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

25 Days to Healthier Finances - Part 5

21) Prepare for the holidays.

- Gifts P2,000
- Food P1,000

- Monthly P250
- Daily P10

- Gifts P500
- Food P500

- Birthday P2,000
- Monthly P1,000
- Daily  P40

22) Discuss money with a friend or relative.

I talk money with my mother, brothers, aunt and cousin.

23) Do a financial review of your year.

Debt 0
Income 63
- Allowance 48
- Tutoring 15
Savings 18
Spending 45
Investment 120

24) Write down your ideal income and expenses.

Income P100,000
- Work P25,000

- Invest P25,000
- Rent P25,000

Expenses P60,000
- Food P20,000
- Clothing P2,000
- Internet P2,000
- Phone P2,000
- Water P2,000
- Electricity P4,000
- Housing P4,000
- Education P4,000
- Transport P10,000
- Travel P10,000

25) Make a financial plan for your future.

Wedding 200-400 once
House 1000-2000 once, 50-100 per year
Vehicle 800-1600 per 5 years, 100-200 per year
Travel  100-200 per year
School 50-100 per 5 years
Income 50-100 per year
Children 100-200 per year
Retirement 500-1000 per year

Saturday, February 18, 2012

25 Days to Healthier Finances - Part 4

16) Make a debt repayment plan.

I do not have debt.

17) Know the things you don't care to spend on.

- Night life
- Fast cars

- Cigarettes
- Alcohol

18) Pick a hobby you can monetize.

- Writing
- Reading

19) Quit an expensive habit.

- Buying lunch / dinner from fast food chains / canteens instead of bringing lunch / dinner
- Photocopying cases instead of reading them from the internet

20) Maximize customer loyalty programs.

- Mercury

25 Days to Healthier Finances - Part 3

8) Sell something.

- Books
- Magazines
- Computer parts
- Clothes

9) Level up your cooking skills.

I'm working on this one.

10) Read one personal finance book.

- The Millionaire Next Door 
- My Maid Invests in the Stock Market
- The Automatic Millionaire

11) Compute your net worth.

- Savings
- Stocks
- Bonds
- None

12) Evaluate subscriptions

- Newspaper - Sunday
- Electricity - Monthly
- Water - Monthly
- Phone - Monthly
- Cable - Monthly

13) Start collecting loose change.

I use loose change for commuting.

14) Organize your financial paperwork.

Current records I have
- Tax  - previous income tax returns
- Personal  - birth certificate, transcript, ID
- Medical - certificates, drug tests
- Bank - pass books

Previous records when my parents were away
- Bills - phone, cable, light
- Bank - reports, credit card
-  Receipt - food, school, home

15) Carry only one credit card in your wallet.

I do not have a credit card.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

25 Days to Healthier Finances - part 2

3) Learn about investment instruments.

Stocks: 20%Capital accounts: 13% - 16%
Savings accounts: 2% - 6%
Bonds: 3%

4)Automate your savings.

My capital and savings accounts automatically earn interest. These accounts do not have an ATM so I am not tempted to withdraw them.

5) Pick 2 no-spending days per month.

I choose February 20 and 27 as my no-spending days since I do not have class on Mondays.

6) Identify employment benefits.

I am not employed but I voluntarily contribute the minimum amount to Social Security.

7) Commit to learn new skills.

- Cooking
- Writing

Monday, February 13, 2012

25 Days to Healthier Finances

Hi! I'm following the 25 Days to Healthier Finances made by Celine Roque. Here are my answers to the first few tasks:

1) Define wealth and financial freedom.

Wealth is having more financial assets and passive income than living expenses. Financial freedom means having enough passive income that one does not have to work for money any more.

2) Fine-tune your budget.

Monthly budget
Food 2400
Transport 1000
Medicine 400
Cases 400
Phone 300

Total 4500

Expenses every semester
Books 1000-2000

Expenses every year
Christmas 1000-2000

How do you spend windfalls?
Save until I need the money for expenses.